This week's cover story is about the Flagler Arts & Technology Village in Fort Lauderdale is a must-read for anyone who sees the promise (and fears the challenges) of building a creative future in South Florida. Stefan Kamph effectively captures the dissonance between a collective of local artists trying to get a foothold and a landlord who's just trying to stay afloat in a challenging economic climate. There's a fair share of disappointment -- including the Collide Factory's sudden closing a week ago -- but there's also a solid grouping of businesses who could prop the area up into a new hub of social and creative behavior.
As for the music section, we begin with an assessment of the local fascination with Sublime-descendant reggae bands -- including Sublime With Rome. As SWR kicks off SunFest performances next week, Travis Newbill predicts a big party that he's not sure he'll attend.
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Arielle Castillo was at last week's Further Seems Forever reunion show at Propaganda and provided a play-by-play with an eye on emo's evolution over the past decade and the power of nostalgia in shaping all of our music choices. Read her review here.
A wealth of live music coming up this week includes: Rise Against and Bad Religion at Sunset Cove Amphitheater, Black Veil Brides at Culture Room, Dennis Lambert at Kaye Auditorium, 30 Seconds to Mars at Sunset Cove Amphitheater, Gucci Mane at Revolution, Ghostland Observatory at Culture Room, and Usher at BankAtlantic Center.